Saturday, December 29, 2018

The history of drums

The History Of Drums - A Journey Of Sound

* Written By: Kevin Brown a successful author and publisher of many informative websites offering tips and advice on a wide array of topics including drum kits, African drums, percussion instruments and more. Unfortunately, the website associated with this article's bio is not active and I cannot find Kevin online, with a brief search. As such I cannot pass on his site to our readers today. 

Music and musical instruments are an extremely important part of human history. The use of rhythm and song has long been used to express meaning, and feeling and accompany rituals.
Music has been part of human life for as long as anyone can trace. Early civilizations of humans used music as a way to communicate and express feelings. Out of all of the musical instruments that we see in our society today and use on a regular basis, there is one instrument that stands out in musical history, the drum.

The history of drums is interesting and unique. When you examine this instrument historically, you will find that drums have had a place in almost all cultures around the globe. Variations of drums and drum sets occurred in many different cultures, the standard variety of a drum consisted simply of a hollowed out log or gourd with a piece of skin stretched taunt. Different sizes of gourds and logs created different sounds and beats.

In most African cultures, drums were very important in the use of rituals and religious ceremonies. The people of different African tribes relied on the use of drums to express themselves and when the slave trade began, the drums made the journey across the ocean as well.

African drums and drummers provided a unique sound that heavily influenced Western Rock and Roll music. Those same rhythms and beats still provide a strong influence in today's sounds.

When it was discovered that one player could play two or more drums at the same time, people started placing groups of drums together for one musician to play. These groups were comprised of an assimilation of drums of different cultures and from all around the globe. Cymbals and tom tom drums were brought in from China and the size was adjusted to allow for ease of play when played with drumsticks.

In the early 1930's, musicians slowly discovered with the proper drum placement and a lot of practice, one musician could handle a set of drums, and an entire band of drum players was not required anymore. Thus, a basic kit evolved and took place.

The early drum kits were simple in their design, they typically consisted only of:

1) A bass and foot pedal
2) A snare drum
3) Tom Toms
4) A hi hat cymbal
5) One or two sets of hanging cymbals

In the 1930's the drum set was heavily influenced by the sounds of the time, and the early forms of Rock and Roll music. The sounds had a strong basic beat backing them.

In the 1950's as Rock and Roll music began to develop, the sounds became more complex and likewise, the drum sets became more evolved, with new additions added to them. Rockers began expanding the drum kits adding more cymbals and tom toms drums to them. In addition, as time went on, electronic drums were added to the drum kits as well. All of these additions allowed the musicians to expand their sounds and diversify their music.

Types Of Drum Kits

In the past, as drums evolved and drum kits developed, new companies were formed and products were fine-tuned and made better. The Ludwig Drum Company is known as one of the most influential and historical drum companies of our time.
The Ludwig drum company was started by a young man who enjoyed playing the drums. He could not find a bass pedal that would hold up to his intense drumming style. He shopped around everywhere and could not find an appropriate pedal, so he fashioned one out of wood. The pedal was superior to anything else on the market. His brother, felt that an even stronger pedal could be created out of a metal product, so they teamed up to create an even better bass pedal. Thus, the Ludwig Drum Company was born.

Ringo Starr, the famous drummer for The Beatles used a Ludwig drum set and was known for preferring the Ludwig drums. He is said to still own the original Ludwig drum set that he played with the Beatles.

There have been many other types of drum kits and company names that have played an important and influential role in the history of drums. Yamaha, Pearl, Tama and Gretsch are all famous brand names whose drums and drum kits have helped form the drum set, as we know it today.

The Future For Drums

What does the future hold for drum sets? No one can be sure. However, with the creation of more and more technology, we can be sure that the sounds will evolve even more. A combination of new sounds and traditional will always be found. And the limit for drum set creation will simply be the imagination of the musicians.


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Friday, December 28, 2018

recommended Resources

-- Recommended Resources -- 

Yep - time for a set of 3 recommended resources for you to check out when you get a chance. Feel free to share those resources (or the link to this blog). Today, we offer groups that focus on charities


Sierra Club of Canada has sub-groups for every province ( i.e.  Sierra Club of BC ) and works to empower people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. At its heart, it is a grassroots organization with a  “think globally, act locally” philosophy, and members are encouraged to actively contribute to environmental causes that engage or inspire them, in a capacity that best suits their capabilities. Working with a strong volunteer base and collaboratively with other organizations has allowed SCCF to successfully engage in a range of environmental activities that directly benefit both people and the planet.


Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them.


World Wildlife Fund Canadathe country’s largest international conservation organization, with the active support of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. We connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across the nation




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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Eco - Events

Eco - Events
January 4th:
What's Up With Urban Wildlife
Discover the wildlife that make their home in Calgary.
Location: Bow Habitat Station
1440 - 17A Street SE Calgary, Alberta

January 17th:
Kingston Climate Change Symposium
Inspiring community-based action re: climate change, features speakers, local talent, art, music and more.


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Saturday, December 22, 2018

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 

“When you complain, 

you make yourself a victim. 

Leave the situation, 

change the situation, 

or accept it. 

All else is madness.” 

~ Eckhart Tolle


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